Have you thought about cupcakes? They are easy to bake yourself or buy from a bakery (you can always jazz them up with decorations if you'd like). They look really beautiful arranged with flowers on a cupcake tree. I like the Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree. It's clear acrylic, so the cupcakes and flowers really stand out, and it folds flat for storage. I found it at www.crystalpalacecupcaketree.com. Good luck!
I have tasted a lot of wedding cake in my day, and Celebrity Cake Studio at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma has always tasted good, and I have ordered custome cakes with 48 hour notice, and picked them up on time.
Ashley September 19, 2007
Have you thought about renting a fake cake? There are several sites online that offer pre-decorated styrofoam cakes to rent for a small fee (some even let you design your own), and many even have a hidden section in the back to put a slice of real cake for the cake cutting tradition. Buy or bake plain sheet cakes to serve to guests, and no one will ever know that your beautiful cake isn't real.
Michelle September 13, 2007
my friend had the same problem when she got married she ended up getting a sheet cake from costco for the guests and got a small tiered wedding cake for her and her new husband from qfc or safeway
If you're having trouble finding a local cake company, think bigger, or further, anyway. Many excellent cake artists are fully equipped to ship all over the country (i.e. Mike's Amazing Cakes, Redmond, WA). Plus, they are experienced enough to take your order via phone and/or fax/email.
For some, air-mail pastry might be too big of a leap, so be flexible. Dessert buffets, candy "bars" and chocolate fondue are wonderful sweet-treat alternatives. If you have to have a cake for the sake of tradition, a small one (from a good bakery), for the bride & groom to cut will stand in nicely.